Many students on campus could smell the smoke that wafted over the Drexel campus Monday afternoon, and students living west of campus heard sirens ring late into the evening as dozens of firefighters battled a five-alarm fire at the Windermere Court Apartments on 48th and Walnut streets.
On Jan. 12, Drexel announced that President John Fry recently signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment stating the University's promise to eradicate its carbon footprint. Drexel also announced that the University's greenhouse emissions have been reduced by 81 percent since 2008.
Drexel President John Fry hosted an "In the Loop..." town hall meeting for commuter students Jan. 12. The town hall was the latest in a series of such meetings Fry is holding for students and other Drexel members. "The more input I get from students, the better off I'll be," Fry said at the start of the commuter town hall.
Drexel senior film majors Matthew Thompson and Rachel Fleiss helped with the production of Philadelphia's It Gets Better video in December 2010, as part of the national It Gets Better campaign that aims to provide support for gay teens throughout the country.
CityRyde and Ridaroo, each companies started by Drexel students, have recently enhanced programs on campus that provide convenient, eco-friendly transportation options to students. Drexel's bike sharing program, which has been around since spring 2008, has adopted new software from CityRyde that will make it easier to rent and return bikes.
As previewed in last week's Triangle, students still adjusting to winter term at Drexel now have the ability to check their schedule, classes and grades on a smartphone with the introduction of the DrexelOne Mobile application . The idea of a multi-platform smartphone application was first conceived in August by Ken Blackney, associate vice president for Core Technology Infrastructure and co-producer of the DrexelOne app.
Drexel University and the Center for Civic Engagement have become home to the Murals of the Mind Project, a creative writing experience that serves as a channel for preteens, teens and young adults citywide to express themselves and hone reading, writing and performance skills.
Two armed robberies were committed on campus in the past month, both of which have triggered the use of the DrexelALERT emergency notification system. The first robbery occurred Dec. 10 in the late afternoon at 33rd and Arch streets, and the second was in the early morning of Jan.
The following are crimes that occurred on or near campus and were reported to The Triangle by the Drexel University Department of Public Safety between Dec. 7, 2010 and Jan. 10, 2010. All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement or DPS incident reports.